Society of Early Americanists Conferences

The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Upcoming Conferences

The Society of Early Americanists Special Topics Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, March 1-4, 2018

Religion and Politics in Early America

Sponsored by:

The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
The Society of Early Americanists
St. Louis University
Washington University in St. Louis

This conference will explore the intersections between religion and politics in early America from pre-contact through the early republic. All topics related to the way religion shapes politics or politics shapes religion—how the two conflict, collaborate, or otherwise configure each other—will be welcomed. We define the terms “religion” and “politics” broadly, including (for example) studies of secularity and doubt. This conference will have a broad temporal, geographic, and topical expanse. We intend to create a space for interdisciplinary conversation, though this does not mean that all panels will need be composed of multiple disciplines; we welcome both mixed panels and panels composed entirely of scholars from a single discipline.

The deadline for proposal submissions has passed.

More information about the conference will be forthcoming here on this webpage and on the conference website:

If you have any questions, please email Abram Van Engen at

Thank you!

Image Credit: Robert Weir (1803-1889), Embarkation of the Pilgrims, Oil on canvas, 12' x 18', 1843; placed 1843, Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC.

Updated: 05/31/17